- ve|ry1 W1S1 [ˈveri] adv1.) [+ adjective/adverb]used to emphasize an adjective, adverb, or phrase▪ It feels very cold today.▪ The fishing industry is very important to the area.▪ The traffic's moving very slowly this morning.▪ problems that are very similar to mine▪ I feel a lot better - thank you very much .▪ I'm very, very (=used for emphasis) pleased you can come.▪ It's very kind of you to help.▪ My sister and I were married on the very same (=exactly the same) day.the very best/latest/worst etc▪ We only use the very best ingredients.2.) not very good/happy/far etca) not good etc at all▪ I'm just not very good at spelling.▪ The garden's not very big, is it?▪ The assistant wasn't very helpful.▪ 'Was the talk interesting?' 'Not very (=only slightly) .'3.) your very ownused to emphasize the fact that something belongs to one particular person and to no one else▪ She was thrilled at the idea of having her very own toys to play with.of your very own▪ At last, a home of her very own.4.) informal used with adjectives to say that the quality something has is very noticeable or typical▪ It was a very male reaction, I thought.▪ His films are always very French.5.) very much sospoken used to emphasize your agreement or approval▪ 'Are you serious?' 'Very much so.'6.) very wellold-fashioned spoken used to agree to somethingvery 2very2 W1S2 adj [only before noun][Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: verai, from Latin verax 'truthful', from verus 'true']used to emphasize that you are talking exactly about one particular thing or person▪ He died in this very room.▪ I'll start at the very beginning.▪ Those were his very words.▪ You'd better start doing some work this very minute (=now, not later) .▪ That might provoke a riot, the very thing he was trying to avoid.▪ The very fact that you are reading this book suggests you want to improve your fitness.▪ By its very nature , capitalism involves exploitation of the worker.▪ His life's work was being destroyed before his very eyes (=directly in front of him) .the very thought/idea/mention (of sth)(=just thinking about or suggesting something)▪ The very thought of food made me feel ill.▪ The very mention of his name excited her.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.